Hey Harsanik readers. I’m so glad that I FINALLY, after two years of being engaged, got to have a celebration that is marriage related! On March 3rd, I got to celebrate my bridal shower. As many of you know I lagged planning my bridal shower until the very last minute, but I have to say that it was the best shower ever.
My theme for the shower was all centered around my mom’s engagement dress and a LOVE letter design that I was in love with from a photo on Pinterest. Because Pearl Banquet Hall was so modern I decided the best design idea would be to make everything silver/mirrored and all different shades of pink. This ended up being the most beautiful idea ever.
It has been a long time Harsanik readers, but I am glad to be back with more of my journey down the aisle. For those who are reading my blogs for the first time, my name is Manifa and I have been planning my wedding since June 2017! Seems like it has been FOREVER! You can catch up on my wedding planning experience in Manifa's Story blog series. The date is now getting closer and I cannot wait to finalize everything and see how it all turns out on my wedding day.
When it came down to planning all the little events that would happen before our wedding, my fiancé Emin and I, decided to keep the events to a minimum and just focus on planning the best wedding ever. My mom had reached out and offered to plan us an Engagement party, but we really didn’t want one so I asked her if she could throw me a bridal shower instead. I love bridal showers. They are one of my favorite events that happen before a wedding so I really wanted to have my own. My mom agreed and from there we started planning.
Trndez is a beautiful Armenian tradition that takes place on the eve of February 13th or morning of February 14th. It's often referred to as the Armenian version of Valentine's Day. With Trndez around the corner, we're featuring our Bride's Story Manifa's blog from last year where she explains how she and Emin celebrated this Armenian holiday and shares a video of the two jumping over the fire!
Hello and Happy Trndez everyone! Well it’s a few days after, but still! I am so excited to be sharing this blog with you all. As many of you know Emin and I haven’t really participated in many Armenian traditions so when it came to celebrating Trndez we really wanted to make it all so authentic.
When we first got engaged my mother in law asked me if I wanted her to bring me a bajeen. This is the little gifts her and her family bring for me on certain holidays. I really didn’t care for any of them except Trndez. What is Trndez you all ask? Well it’s a holiday to celebrate new brides that is celebrated on the eve of February 13th or sometimes in the morning of February 14th. Usually the bride’s family invites the groom’s family to their house and the groom’s family brings some special foods and gifts for the bride. The bride and groom go to church together and bring home a candle which they use to light a fire. Once the fire is lit they walk around it three times and then jump over the fire three times. Doing this blesses them with a happy marriage.
Hello fellow brides and wedding planners. It has been a while. Emin and I put a short hold on our wedding planning, but we are back on track!
Throughout this wedding planning journey, as many of you know, Emin and I have found it extremely difficult to book vendors. We talk to as many people that we can. We do a lot of research, but there were two vendors who were very easy to book. The first being our Videographer!
Hello readers! I’m going to dive right in with this blog.
One of the struggles Emin and I have had is breaking certain Armenian wedding traditions. For example, our choice to not get married in a church or with a Ter Hayr. Another issue we came across was doing the Bride’s house celebration vs. doing a more Americanized first look. The one thing I don’t like about Armenian weddings is the fact that the bride and groom don’t really get a moment to take it all in with each other. There are people who are constantly there. Whether it is the photo and video team or family members; the bride and groom don’t get a minute alone the entire day. I really wanted to do a first look, away from family so that Emin and I could have a special moment with each other without prying eyes. My mom on the other hand wants to give away her daughter from her own house. So, our struggle began. Do we go the traditional route and make my mom happy? Do we do things our own way? I was on the fence about this one. My mom was already upset that she didn’t get to see her daughter walk down the aisle of a church or have a priest marry her. It would break her heart if we took away this happiness from her as well. After talking to Emin, we decided to participate in the Bride’s house Armenian tradition.
Our Bride Story Blogger Manifa shares her personal experience of traveling to Armenia for the very first time. While at first she was not a fan of Armenia, the beautiful sights, the delicious food, and the relaxed attitude of the people helped change her mind about the beautiful country of Armenia. She tells us all about her trip as well as tips for traveling to Armenia. Grab some popcorn and settle in; this is a blog you don't want to miss!
Here it is. The moment you have all been waiting for. Drum roll. Trumpets. Saxophone. The red carpet. Wedding planning from the groom’s point of view! Without further ado, I present to you Emin...
Hello everyone! My name is Emin and I am Manifa’s fiancé. Writing is not exactly my forte per-say, but hopefully I can provide good insight on a man’s perspective when it comes to wedding planning.
I can start off by saying, I don’t know where to start. What topic? What event? When and where? I honestly didn’t know that so much goes into wedding planning. It all seemed as though a wedding would consist of one big scheme. Lo and behold there are a million and five things to consider, plan, and execute.
Hello fellow brides. I’m glad to be back with an update on wedding planning! We have finally booked a florist!
Picking a florist was very easy! I already knew who I wanted, so it was the matter of whether or not we can afford to hire him. But, before I get into which florist we hired I want to talk a little bit about the whole idea of having flowers at our wedding.
Emin and I dreaded having to pay for flowers. We both agreed it is a waste of money. It just sits there, no one really takes it home, and all it does is make the banquet hall look pretty. There’s no real use to it. Considering Metropol is already a very beautiful venue and that I don’t really like flowers, we didn’t care to pay so much for centerpieces. When Emin and I sat and talked about our budget for flowers, I told him I didn’t really want flowers so we should keep the budget low. I was fine with not doing any centerpieces and just making our sweetheart table and cake table very grand and majestic. After all that’s usually the focal point for pictures. Emin and I decided on a below average budget for our flowers. We knew it would probably be difficult to find someone who could work with what we were offering, but if it meant not having centerpieces we were okay with that.
My mom and I did a lot of research using Pinterest for centerpiece designs. Because our wedding colors are black, red, and gold we really wanted to come up with a design that felt romantic and regal. After looking at things online, I decided I didn’t want floral centerpieces. Candles seemed to fit our theme much more! Emin was up for the idea. Unfortunately for us, there weren’t many florists who were doing much with candles. Yes, they were using them, but not as the focal point of the table. That’s where our florist comes in.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been waiting forever to write this blog. Time for Wedding Dress Shopping!!! For anyone who is named Emin, you must stop reading here. Everyone else, please continue!
I’m not even going to lie, I went dress shopping very early. Like a week after I was proposed to early. What can I say? I’ve never tried on a wedding dress before and I had been dreaming about my wedding dress since I was like five! Before I made any appointments, I called one of my closest friends, Taleen, and asked her where she got her wedding gown. Of course, it was none other than the famous Karoza Bridal. So, the first appointment I made was there. I asked my mom and mother-in-law to come with me. I knew that they would both be straight forward with their opinions and advice.
When we got to Karoza my whole body was shaking with excitement. I had done my homework ahead of time and went in with a list of dresses I knew I wanted to try on. Karla was my dress expert and she told me I could go into the showroom and pick out some dresses while she pulled the ones I had written down. From here my mom, Emin’s mom, and I split up and just started pulling dresses like crazy. My mom really wanted to see me in a satin gown, while Emin’s mom wanted to see me in a mermaid dress. I just pulled whatever looked romantic and whimsical.
Hello readers! I hope you all enjoyed my Trndez blog. Let me update you all on how wedding planning is going. I’m super excited to be writing about this next vendor.
What are the three most important things during wedding planning?
- Photo/Video: You want to hire the best crew so that they can capture your special day. At end of it, all that is left is the memories.
- Banquet Hall: This is going to be home to your guests for almost 6 hours. It needs to big enough and comfortable enough to accommodate everyone.
- MUSIC: Especially for an Armenian wedding, your music needs to be ON POINT to keep your guests dancing and having fun.
For Emin and I, hiring the right DJ was one of the most serious tasks. The one thing we both wanted was to make sure our wedding was like a rave; non-stop, AMAZING music, and our guests would never sit down. We had to have the right DJ who could, not only, get the party started, but keep the party going all night long. We need someone with a lot of knowledge on Armenian and Persian music, as well as Latin and EDM. Incorporating “rave music” into our wedding is a must. For this task, I decided we would only meet with three DJs. Whoever we felt understood what we wanted for our wedding would be hired. Before I chose which three DJs would get an interview, I used Harsanik.com to make a list of potential people we could hire. I went through the list of DJs and whoever had the most positive reviews got on the list. Then I started calling. After talking to a bunch of DJs I picked our top 3...